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Students appearing for SSC and HSC examinations this year will be eligible for 25 grace marks for their performance at state, national and international sporting events. The state government’s decision to give grace marks only to students falling short of passing marks will be applicable from March 2013. The state board for secondary and higher secondary education has decided to scrap the practice of allotting grace marks to all students excelling in sports as it suspects misuse of the provision after an unprecedented rise in students claiming grace marks in the last few years. Chairman of the board, Sarjerao Jadhav, said; the rule will be applicable from next year since students have submitted their performance in sports for this year.
The decision came in late and hence we will make the rule applicable from March 2013. The board had found a sudden and drastic rise in the number of claimants for the sports grace marks. Subsequently, it sent a proposal to the state government to scrap the system and restrict the benefit only for those who fail to get the passing marks. The proposal was accepted and declared by the state school and sports departments. The board contends that the change will not do injustice to students who excel in sports as they can still avail of the 5% quota reserved for them for admissions to junior college. Participation in sporting events that are endorsed by apex bodies, the School Games Federation of India, Sports Authority of India and the State Sports Council, Maharashtra, would be considered for sports quota marks.
Courtesy: Times of india
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